Yes, that leading image is actually taken from the 1980 cult classic ALLIGATOR, so there isn’t a body count involved in this story (as far as we know). But it’s still freaky as hell if you have issues with giant prehistoric reptiles busting up your back nine.
That pic was just to get your attention; the really freaky photo is this one, uploaded to Facebook by Charles Helms, who spotted this monstrosity shambling around Buffalo Creek golf course in Palmetto, Florida last week.
Based on its position relative to the man in the photo, this gator looks to be at least 12-14 feet long. But according to KSNLV News 3, Buffalo Creek staff have estimated the reptilian guest at over 15 feet — which, if verified, would peg it as one of the largest ever sighted in the area (the record is currently held by a 14-footer weighing nearly 780 pounds).
“He has been here for a very, very long time, he’s not new at all,” said Wendy Schofield, an employee at Buffalo Creek’s pro shop, in an interview with KSLV. Schofield says the gator is actually good for business: “He doesn’t bother anybody and they don’t bother him… he’s like a mascot for the course.”
I do think Florida’s golf courses should grant at least one mulligan for any flubs connected to giant-ass monsters. Come to think of it, Australia should do the same.